A file on the Macintosh consists of two parts, called forks. The “data fork” contains the data which would normally be stored in the file on other operating systems. The “resource fork” contains a collection of arbitrary attribute/value pairs, including program segments, icon bitmaps, and parametric values. Yet more information regarding Macintosh files is stored by the Finder in a hidden file, called the “Desktop Database”.
Because of the complications in storing different parts of a Macintosh file in non-Macintosh file systems that only handle consecutive data in one part, it is common to only send the Data fork or to convert the Macintosh file into some other format before transferring it.
- Macintosh ii
computer (Mac II) A version of Apple’s Macintosh personal computer, released in March 1987, using the Motorola 68020 CPU, which runs at a higher clock rate than the Motorola 68000 used in the original Mac. The Mac II has a full 32-bit data bus instead of a 16-bit bus. Mac II models have built-in 40 […]
- Macintosh operating system
operating system (Mac OS) Apple Computer, Inc.’s proprietary operating system for their Macintosh family of personal computers. The part of the operating system that simulates the desktop is called “Finder.” The multitasking version of Finder was called “MultiFinder” until multitasking was integrated into the core of the OS with the introduction of System 7.0 in […]
- Macintosh iicx
computer (Mac IIcx) A version of Apple’s Macintosh II personal computer, introduced in 1989, with a Motorola 68030 processor running at 16 MHz and up to 128 MB of RAM (120 ns, 30-pin DRAM chips). The IIcx requires System 6.0.3 or later and requires “Mode 32” or “32-bit Enabler” to use more than 8MB of […]
- Macintosh user interface
operating system The graphical user interface used by Apple Computer’s Macintosh family of personal computers, based on graphical representations of familiar office objects (sheets of paper, files, wastepaper bin, etc.) positioned on a two-dimensional “desktop” workspace. Programs and data files are represented on screen by small pictures (icons). An object is selected by moving a […]